Since 2017, our food safety consultants have assisted hundreds of clients throughout the Costco supply chain to get certified. Costco updated many of their food safety certification requirements effective April 1, 2023 and changed the name of their audit from Costco GMP to Costco Food Safety Audit.
Costco’s food safety & quality audit expectations have changed. All Costco food safety audits are moving to unannounced except:
- Small supplier audits will still be announced.
- If a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized scheme including SQF, BRCGS, PrimusGFS, FSSC 22000 etc… requires an announced certification audit.
- If your audit has already been scheduled for 2023 it will remain announced, but will change to unannounced starting in 2024.
Our results-driven team will write and implement your Costco food safety audit program using the up-to-date Costco requirements, train you and stay with you until you pass your Costco food safety audit. After completing our consulting process you will be prepared for an unannounced audit.
Ace your Costco Food Safety Audit with a family-run team who knows food safety cover to cover.
What to Expect During Your Costco Food Safety Audit Consultation
During your free Costco food safety audit consultation, you’ll learn what the requirements are for getting certified, how much it costs with no hidden fees, how long it takes, and how our process works to assure you pass your Costco food safety certification audit on the first try.
We Will Write & Help You Implement Your Costco Addendum for GFSI Recognized Programs, Costco Food Safety Audit Program & Small Supplier Audit Program. We deliver:
All of our full-time food safety consultants are well-versed in Kellerman Consulting’s repeatable and reliable process. Our team’s collaborative culture gives you the benefit of our collective experience with hundreds of successful outcomes. You will achieve the same 100% success rate on Costco’s food safety audit regardless of which of our team members you work with.
Quality Control and Accountability
You benefit from the support of food safety consultants who review every project as a team. The co-founders of Kellerman Consulting are involved with each project at every stage to make sure that we are delivering on our commitment to our clients.
Our full-time food safety consultants respond immediately to all client questions, which reflects one of our core values. Kellerman Consulting team members are kept up to date on every project, so that any one of our consultants can easily step in at any moment to give you the reliability and responsiveness your project deserves.
Employee Training Resources to Help You Meet Safety Standards
In addition to your written food safety program, every one of our clients receives access to a package of employee food safety training videos, quizzes, and training logs that are not publicly available at no additional cost in both English and Spanish.
We’ll assess your unique process and needs.
Our team will write your Costco Food Safety Audit program customized to your operation.
We’ll train you and your team on how to follow all of the food safety procedures.
Implement your program with us right beside you.
Implement your program with us right beside you.
Costco Food Safety Audit Gap Assessment
We will review your documentation and visit your facility, identify gaps in your existing program and facility operations, and we will help you fill those gaps in order to pass your audit.
Write Your Costco Food Safety Audit Program
Whether you are starting from scratch, or you’d like us to incorporate your existing programs, we’ll write the program you need to get certified.
Implement Your Costco Food Safety Audit Program
We’ll work alongside you to implement your Costco Food Safety Audit program, making sure you understand how to run it and that you pass your next audit.
Become an in-house expert at running your Costco Food Safety Audit program and creating sustained success.
On-call real-time support during your Costco Food Safety Audit and ongoing support after the audit until you are certified, no matter what.
Write Your HACCP Plan
We will write your HACCP Plan and work alongside you to implement it.
Outsourced Food Safety & QA Director
Rely on our expertise from having helped our clients pass hundreds of Costco audits. Our food safety consultants will guide your team to success.
Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures
We will write your SSOPs and work alongside you to implement them.
Environmental Monitoring Programs
We will write your program, work alongside you to implement it, and train you to keep it running.
Supplier Approval Programs
We will write your supplier approval program, work alongside you to implement it, and train you to keep it running.
Foreign Supplier Verification Program
We will write your FSVP, work alongside you to implement it, and train you to keep it running.
Strong Spas Passes Their Costco Non-Foods GMP Certification Audit
“Kellerman Consulting was professional, efficient, and continues to show their support and guidance even after the GMP audit”.
Malisa Reynolds, Quality & Compliance Manager Strong Spas.
WPackaging Receives an Excellent Score on their Costco GMP Supplier Audit
"Our consultant, Tim Grady, with Kellerman Consulting was wonderful, and was instrumental in preparing for our Costco GMP audit. He really helped support us and ensure that every angle and aspect of this audit was covered for us, and really did provide all the tools and information for us to build off of. Tim was always able to answer any questions that we had and helped pull up information on the spot whenever it was necessary".
Heather Crockett ,Operations Assistant | W PACKAGING
Mike’s Hot Honey Expands After Getting SQF Certified
“We knew if we wanted to get where we wanted to go with our business and securing some of those big customers, that we needed to have SQF certification. When I first started talking to Kellerman Consulting, I knew they were experts. If you are a small business or a big business, we want to be absolutely best-in-class. You want to hire someone like these guys to make sure that you are living up to those high standards”.
Matt Beaton CEO, Mike’s Hot Honey
FSQA Manager is Trained in Four Months to Pass Their First BRCGS Audit
Kellerman Consulting does an amazing job of consistently meeting customers’ expectations and taking time to understand the needs of their unique customer. Their service goes above and beyond expectations. I had come to Shelby Foods just 4 months before the initial BRCGS audit and had very little idea what was required for BRCGS. Brian worked with me and patiently answered all my questions until I understood everything.
We have an A rating with BRCGS and I attribute that to Brian Kellerman and Kellerman Consulting for everything they have done to help our business to get the certification. Their initial assessment of our company, the documents, and information provided to make our
plan were great. During the audit it gave me confidence knowing we had everything in line with BRCGS requirements.
Tammy Neyer, FSQM Shelby Cold Storage /Shelby Foods LLC.
Clarendon Flavors’ New SQF Practitioner is Trained in Three Months for SQF Success
“Kellerman Consulting made a world of difference in both the time and quality of implementation of our SQF program at Clarendon Flavors. Honestly, we would have had a very tough time doing it without their expertise. When I took over the position of SQF Practitioner at our company with no prior experience, I had only 3 months to prepare for our first SQF Audit. Tim and Brian rallied around me and made sure I was ready to meet the challenge head on. From writing and reviewing documents, to educating a complete novice, to performing a mock audit in advance, the Kellerman team made sure we were ready not only to pass, but to score a 91 on our first audit. I could not recommend them more highly”!
Benjamin A. Jones, Manager, QA and Regulatory Affairs
Lomo Cold Storage Receives 99.37% on Their GDP Audit
Our Kellerman Consulting Food Safety Consultant, Tim Grady, was incredibly patient and supportive throughout the entire process of helping Lomo Cold Storage, LLC prepare for our GDP 3rd party audit. We got through our audit and we are very proud to have received a 99.37% score. I have been working for many, many years and it is very refreshing to work with someone that can be so professional and do what they say they will do and still treat people with kindness.
Edie Hensen, Lomo Cold Storage, LLC.
Omakase Restaurant Group Receives Support for HACCP Plans & FSMA Program
Kellerman Consulting went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed for our ROP, Sous Vide, Cook Chill, & FSMA Program! They're very detail oriented and covered more ground than I even anticipated.
Charlie Weintraub, Director of Operations BOH | Dumpling Time Brand
Caprock Pecans Obtains 99% on their PrimusGFS Audit After Working with Kellerman Consulting
"Jaime with Kellerman Consulting wrote a great PrimusGFS program, and I continue to profit from it. We got a 94% before corrective action and a 99% final score".
Kirk Layton, Owner of Caprock Pecans
Patty Wagon Express Complies with FSMA to Grow Their Wholesale Business
I highly recommend working with Kellerman Consulting. Working with Brian Kellerman put me at ease. He’s very informative, patient, and took the time to walk me through the process. An all around good guy! If ever I need the services this company provides I’ll look no further.
Andre Yorke, Owner of Patty Wagon Express Inc.
Beach Cooperative Grain Achieves Excellence on Their SQF Audit
“Working with Kellerman Consulting was the best decision my company’s SQF Team could have made. The professionalism, passion, and knowledge their consultants have, made the experience a 20/10! Not only did our audit score reflect how great their system works, but I also gained so much more understanding of SQF and confidence as a Quality Manager!”
Ashley Tescher, Beach Cooperative Grain | QA & Compliance
Unannounced SQF Audit Success with Kellerman Consulting’s Support
“They are so professional and it was just a real pleasure working through everything. I would absolutely recommend Kellerman Consulting. I already have. When people ask me about the SQF consulting process, I would not hesitate to say," definitely call Kellerman Consulting'' ” .
Tamar Markham, CEO of Almondina® / YZ Enterprises, Inc.
Folding-Carton Company, Everett Graphics, Obtains a Nearly Perfect Score on Their SQF Audit
“Kellerman Consulting acted as a trainer for our new QC hire, so we benefited from that as well as the successful preparation for the SQF audit. We got a 98% on the audit. That should speak for itself. You need to use these people. We looked at a number of consulting organizations and I’d go out of my way to recommend Kellerman Consulting”.
Mark Carlson, VP Business Operations | Everett Graphics
Apex Outdoor LLC Receives Approvals From USDA Regional Manager for Their HACCP Plans
Kellerman Consulting came to the rescue for me after working with another competitor who left me in the dark. I was so relieved to find a responsible, knowledgeable consulting firm who could help a new operator out in developing a full blown HACCP plan - and teach me along the way! Kellerman Consulting held my hand every step of the way (and trust me I needed it)! Kellerman Consulting got me through all of my approvals with an easy to follow HACCP plan that appeased a USDA regional manager.
Steven McBee, CEO/Co-Owner - McBee Farm & Cattle Co & Apex Outdoor LLC
Roka Akor gets ROP HACCP Plan Approved
They are a pleasure to work with. I have a lot to do and am very busy – they outlined everything out in a very reasonable fashion and got the job done in the precision and detail we needed it to be. I would work with them again!
Ben Uvodich, Regional Manager, Roka Akor
Outer Aisle Gourmet Achieves SQF Certification for Three Sites
“We partnered with Kellerman Consulting very early on in the SQF certification process, and by relying on their expertise and methodical approach to collecting, compiling, and organizing the required documentation, we were successful in gaining our certification. I would highly recommend Kellerman Consulting to anyone considering this type of certification for their organization”.
Jennifer Lawrence, Director Of Operations | Outer Aisle Gourmet
Premier Printing Corp Receives an Excellent SQF Audit Score on Their First Try
“They are just down-to-earth real-world guys that happen to be experts. We came out with a great score to keep a major client and our competitive edge with their guidance and expertise”.
Jeff Trombo, VP of Premier Printing Corporation
Joe Granato Produce has Their BRCGS Program Converted to an SQF Program to Keep Key Business
I couldn’t have asked for a better company to help us work on our certification. They were helpful, educational, and got our program successfully converted with clear professionalism.
Matt Granato, VP of Joe Granato Produce